October 2, 1942
I shall be surprised if Liverpool fail to record their second “double” of the season tomorrow. Having conquered Bury 4-1 at Gigg Lane, they should be capable of pulling off the second “leg” and so preserving their unbeaten record.
Danger lies in taking things too easily, for Bury are quite capable of producing some effective football. Ask Bolton Wanderers against whom Bury brought off a fine “double,” and Liverpool themselves know the skill of Bury who have the Reds a rare battle in the first half of last week’s game.
Still Roy Guttridge’s return should make for addition steadiness in defence especially if Kaye and Pilling curb that penchant for wandering too far afield in their desire to play the creative role.
In attack Liverpool will be strengthened by the appearance of Jack Balmer, who makes his season’s debut. Possibly Manager Mr. George Kay will play Balmer at outside-left in partnership with Done and leave the rest of the line undisturbed.
Bury will be strengthened by the return of pre-war stars in Matthewson and Jones, but still I cannot see them smashing Liverpool’s grand record of only dropping one point out of ten. The kick-off is at 3.0 p.m.
Liverpool (from): Alf Hobson, Jack Westby, Roy Guttridge, Harry Kaye, Eric Keen, Jack Pilling, Billy Liddell, Dick Dorsett, George Mills, Cyril Done, Jack Balmer, Michael Hulligan, Stan Palk.
Bury: Smith, G. Griffiths, Les Hart (or Jimmy Gemmell), David Jones, George Matthewson, Billy Griffiths (or Quigley), Potts, Davies, Urmston, Peter Dougal, Carter.
(Source: Evening Express: October 2, 1942; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited